JANUARY 2013 WINE CLUB WINES

anne’s Boutique Wines – JANUARY 2013 Wine Club Information

Clients who receive 1 red wine and 1 white wine will receive:
2009 SEA SHELL – LOW TIDE RED BLEND – PASO ROBLES, CALIFORNIA
The Carter Family, who own and operate Sea Shell Cellars, have roots in our own Orange County. The family is passionate not only about wine but they are also passionate about the beach life. They feel that finding a great tasting, smooth wine at a great price is becoming as difficult as finding flawless shells on the beach. We at Anne’s are beach lovers too and can’t confirm the shells theory but we can confirm that this wine made by Sea Shell’s winemaker David Sartain is quite the find! The wine had only 195 cases produced and was made from fruit grown in Paso Robles in the proposed sub-appellation of the Estrella District. If you know us at Anne’s, you know that we have been extremely choosy in which wines we have been bringing in from this particular area of California. The 2009 Low Tide is a fiercely dynamic blend made of 28% Cabernet Sauvignon, 28% Cabernet Franc, 25% Merlot, and 19% Syrah varietals; all aged in American and French oak barrels for 23 months. This full bodied wine starts with aromas of red licorice, anise, cherry, and raspberries. We picked up notes of tobacco leaf and even some toasted coconut. The palate is greeted with flavors of raspberries, nice acidity and a smooth set of tannins, while the mid palate has a chalky natural coco texture and finishes with rich firm tannins. The finish is quite lengthy too! We think that while you can and should drink a few bottles of this lovely red, you could easily lay down a few more bottles and allow them to age for up to another 5 years. This wine retails for $24.00.
2010 CLENDENEN – GEWURZTRAMINER – SANTA MARIA, CALIFORNIA
Jim Clendenen owner and winemaker was awarded 2004 Winemaker of the World from Wine Gourmet – one of the 50 Most Influential Winemakers from Wine & Spirits Magazine - 2001 Winemaker of the Year from Food & Wine Magazine & Best Wineries of the World (Au Bon Climat) Robert M. Parker, Jr. Our primary white wine for January is this tasty Gewürztraminer, and it is not your grandma’s version! 100% Gewürztraminer fermented in stainless steel tanks then aged in French oak for 3 months. This wine has vibrant lychee aromas and fresh jasmine and black walnut notes rounding out the palate. This is a wonderful expression of what Gewurztraminer is capable of when planted in the new world. The wine is dry but very flavorful and delightful with Asian cuisine, especially spicy Thai food. This wine retails for $17.99.
Red Only wine club members receive the Sea Shells – Low Tide Red blend and :
2008 CELLER MALONDRO – “LATRIA” RED BLEND – CATALONIA, SPAIN
Celler Malondro is a family run small winery established in 2000. Located in Cornudella de Monsanto in the province of Catalonia in the Northeast of Spain. This small cellar produces uniquely flavored wines from grapes of old vines with an average age above 40 years. This is considered top level for the region as the area is blessed with a continental climate with light Mediterranean influences. This Red blend is made primarily with their own grapes, 50% Garnacha and 50% Carinena from the oldest vine plots on the estate. The wines are made using low temperature fermentation half of them are barrel fermented while another half in stainless steel. The final blend is then aged in old barrels for about 6 months prior to release. This wine has wonderful aromas berries, plums, and even a hint of vanilla. The wine is medium bodied with balanced acidity and fine tannins, with flavors of berries, and cherry on the finish. This wine will pair nicely with grilled sausage lamb, roasted pork, or even chicken; you’ll find this wine to be quite versatile! This wine retails for $16.99.
White Only wine club members receive the Bodegas Paso Robles – Doña Blanca:
2011 DONNAFUGATA – “LIGHEA” – SICILY, ITALY
Donna Fugata grew out of the Rallo family's commitment to Sicily; always believing in the extraordinary enological potential of the land. With 150 years of tradition in producing premium wines, wine producers Giacomo Rallo and his wife, Gabriella, launched a new production project in 1983 and called it Donnafugata. The name Donnafugata, literally means “woman in flight,” refering to the history of the Habsburg queen Maria Carolina who was the consort of Ferdinand IV of Bourbon. In the initial years of the 19th century, she fled Naples and found refuge a few miles from the estate’s vineyards. The history inspired the effigy of the head of a woman that dominates the label. Donnafugata, is one of the first wineries in Italy to adopt the choice of photovoltaic technology for the production of electric energy, taking advantage of solar rays; a clean and renewable source of energy. This wine was chosen by us at Anne’s for two reasons, first it is delicious! Second, drinking this wine is like drinking Summer from a bottle and in this cold weather we all need it. Made with 100% Zibbibo grapes, a white grape native to the region, resembles flavors of a Riesling. After soft pressing of the grapes, the must is fermented at controlled temperatures; the wine ages in the bottle for a minimum period of two months before release. This wine is alive and bright, rich in golden-green reflections. Aromas of beautiful floral scents of white roses and acacia, followed by mineral and salty notes. Peach flavors are left on the palate with citrus rind and a touch of honey. Fresh and enveloping structure, which will compliment all types of fish, baked pasta in white sauce, fried fish. This wine retails for $21.99.

Remember, if you purchase any of the wines listed above during the month of JANUARY 2013, you will receive a 15% discount, an additional 5% discount to your normal (all the time) 10% discount. Thank you, sincerely for your business.

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